Friday, February 13, 2009

Polish woman from Hickory Hills indicted in murder of her husband

As his sister-in-law sits in a Cook County Jail cell accused of murdering his brother, Karl Fabian can't help thinking about how the tragedy could have been avoided.

"She isolated my brother from the rest of the family," Karl Fabian said Friday of Maria Fabian. "She completely dominated him.

"My brother stayed in that house for his son," he said. "But he was afraid of her. He had told me on several occasions that she was capable of murder.

"She is pure evil."

Maria Fabian, 52, was indicted Thursday on six counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of her husband Michael, 70, inside the couple's Hickory Hills home Jan. 5.

Michael Fabian suffered from a respiratory condition that required him to use oxygen, police said.

Married 18 years, Fabian told police she shot her husband while he slept in the couple's bed, police said.

She used one of the 17 handguns her husband owned and kept locked in a safe, police said.

Her husband was shot once in the back and a second time in the chest, prosecutors said.

Married four times, Maria Fabian told police she grew frustrated with having to care for an ailing husband, police said.

Karl Fabian said his brother "wasn't dying fast enough for her."

"She had blown through several hundred thousand dollars of his money in the last two years, and she knew he was going to find out about it," he said. "It was always a control thing with her. She controlled everything."

Born in Poland, Maria Fabian reportedly owns property in her homeland, according to Karl Fabian.

"And I'm sure it was purchased with my brother's money," he said.

Karl Fabian said he regrets ever introducing his brother to Maria, which he did nearly 20 years ago.

"She was a friend of a friend, and she asked if I knew any single guys," Karl Fabian said. "Boy, was that a big mistake."

He said he just doesn't understand why this happened.

"If she didn't want to be married anymore, all she had to do was grab her passport and jump on a plane to Poland," Karl Fabian said. "But I guess that was too easy."

Maria Fabian is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 4.